With life slowing down and seeming to come to an almost standstill on some days, I’ve had a little time on my hands to think. To wonder. To worry. To be thankful. To give my kids the look that only a mother can. To feel all the feels so to speak. I imagine you may have found moments like this during the last few days too.
It can be so incredibly easy to retreat into the turtle shell of my life, but to be honest, there seems to be very little solace in this solitude.
Life feels like some sort of Netflix original series that’s been drawn out a little too long and I’m ready for something different. Or The Twilight Zone. Life feels like The Twilight Zone. Can I get an amen?
So how has your mindset been? Have you worried? Grown tired?
At our house, between the many bottles, and diapers, and stacks of notebooks being used by our older kids pioneering the first week of their online learning (oy vey), we’ve stayed pretty busy trying to push forward with what we can for our 7070 Fam. It feels necessary and it feels good and I’m hoping that what we accomplish in the coming weeks matters.
Why is it so important for us to continue?
We’re just trying to give back to a community that has given so much to us. Your heart is big. You serve big.
And I know that you know about that heart that I’m talking about. You can, on a normal day, walk through the doors of the box and just feel this heart beating. The handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, jokes that escalate oh so quickly, and conversations. And all of those things usually take place long before a class begins and keep us after for a few minutes (or an hour). You all take care of each other so well.
Heart can be found on the floor, cheering for your classmates as they finish a WOD. It can be found as you grit your teeth and finish your last lift. Hey, it might even be found when Coach Kayce yells “You can breathe when you’re done” out of the goodness of her heart when you’re rounding the corner of the last 400, trying to not stop on the turf. Because ya’ll, that’s love, and I’ve felt it.
But the heart of our box is surprisingly not usually found on the workout floor next to our sweat angels. It’s found more often in the cookbook shared and left in the cubby. It’s found in the milk container lids being saved for a school project. It’s found on that black couch that never seems big enough to fit everyone, where we sit to talk mostly because our legs have turned to jello post WOD.
I’ve found it in the messages members have sent to see how we’ve been doing. I’ve found it in the meals brought to us, that have helped keep us fed and alive. If I think about it for just a little while, I can recognize it in many situations.
So even when life feels a bit heavy, you all have done so much and continue to do so many things that encourage me. And for you all, this heartbeat is just a normal, everyday life.
Our community has a big heart. You serve big.
How is your mindset?
Are you worried? Keep working. Love your family, connect with your friends, journal, pray, workout, stretch, and yes, drink your water.
Are you tired? Give of yourself. Brighten someones day. Reach out to help. Serve.
When you feel stuck in some way, just be you, Fitfam.
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more weary. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” – Gordon B. Hinckley